The question in regards to whether or not gas water heaters are a danger is one that crops up quite often. Compared to an electric heater, gas heaters may carry a higher risk of things going wrong, however, for the most part; the only dangers typically come as a result of poor installation, or lack of maintenance.
In this article, we will take a look at a couple of the more common, but nevertheless, rare problems that can crop up with a gas water heater.
One of the biggest problems to face people with gas water heaters is the health problems associated with carbon monoxide poisoning.
Carbon monoxide poisoning takes place when the waste gases from the water heater enter the inside of a building, rather than escaping through the flue to the outside. Problems can quickly arise as the carbon monoxide fumes rapidly replace the oxygen supply, and this can lead to illness and even death if not treated soon enough.
All gas powered water heaters are expected to be properly ventilated and maintained, in order to reduce the risk of exposure to carbon monoxide and other noxious gases.
The other major problem is the leaking of the gas that enters the water heater. This is the gas that is burned in order to heat the water to the right temperature, and it is the gas you pay the utility companies for.
If the gas is leaking, there is a much greater risk of this excess gas causing an explosion when it comes into contact with a source of ignition. Thankfully, a gas leak is fairly easy to spot, as the gas companies add a smell to the gas so that a leak can be detected and dealt with at source.
As you can see, there is one or two problems that owning a gas powered water heater could cause you, which an electric powered one would not, however, that being said, if gas powered water heaters were considered dangerous on a consistent basis, then they would probably be banned.
So long as the water heater is manufactured by a reputable company, and so long as it is installed by an experienced professional, and is also maintained on a regular basis, there is no reason why you cannot get years of trouble free service from a gas powered water heater.